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Germany’s Markus Rehm sets world record in the long jump

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Yesterday at the  Ulm German Athletics Championships, Markus Rehm set a world record in the F44 long jump, with a jump of 8.24 meters on his fourth attempt. He was the first amputee athlete to compete at the championships.



His jump also secured him a first place finish, and qualified him for the European athletics championships which take place in Zurich, Switzerland from August 12 to 18.  Former European champion Christian Reif finished second with a jump of 8.2 meters.  Following the race, the twenty-five year old jumper was quoted by the as saying, “I still have heart palpitations.  There are simply jumps you meet perfectly – and so it was today.”   On Facebook, he said, “I AM SPEECHLESS … and can not believe it, 8.24 m and thus German Champion! Perfect conditions and an excellent audience … now I have to come down again! made ​​short finish and there you go to Mainz to the Current.”


Not everyone is happy with the result.   Rehm runs and jumps with a specially designed blade that is 15 inches longer than his other leg.  Reif accused Rehm of basically cheating as a result.   There are allegations that it gives him an unfair competitive advantage when jumping. German Athletics Federation head coach  Idriss Gonschinska is quoted by as saying in response to this allegation, “It takes complex analysis in order to answer this question.”


Rehm competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where he also set a world record in the long jump with a  7.35 meter jump for 1,093 points. He competes for TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (1686 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.
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